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EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Women are Pennsylvania's fastest growing group of hunters and a beneficial new partnership between the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) will help provide more outdoor opportunities to women in the Keystone State.
Thanks in large part to funding provided by the PGC, the NWTF has hired Jeff Souders of Harrisburg to serve as a full-time, Women in the Outdoors coordinator in Pennsylvania. Currently, Pennsylvania is the only state with its own Women in the Outdoors coordinator.
In his new position, Souders will create new Women in the Outdoors events, re-energize existing chapters and events and reach out to women who have never participated in the program.
The PGC recognized a high interest level in the outdoors among women in the state and wanted to provide more opportunities for them to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle.
"Providing women in our state with a full-time Women in the Outdoors program coordinator is satisfying a tremendous need," said Joe Neville, PGC Bureau of Information and Education director. "This is a great opportunity to recruit new outdoorswomen, and as a joint venture between the PGC and NWTF, everyone benefits."
The NWTF formed the Women in the Outdoors outreach program to provide opportunities for women to enjoy the outdoors in a stress-free environment. Knowledgeable and friendly instructors help participants learn new activities quickly and gain confidence in their abilities.
In 2009, NWTF chapters hosted 240 Women in the Outdoors events across North America. Women participated in various outdoor activities such as archery, canoeing, self-defense training, camping, shooting and more.
"The NWTF is the leading conservation organization in North America and I'm excited to help fulfill our mission," said Souders. "Women in the Outdoors has been extremely successful in Pennsylvania and I look forward to helping women across the state enjoy outdoor activities."
Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $306 million to conserve 14 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.
The Federation works to increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and conservationists into the fold through outdoor education events and its outreach programs - Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES.
For more information about the NWTF and its outreach programs, visit or call (800) THE-NWTF.
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